The transfer window is always a bit of a circus and has proved as much this year as well.
Neymar’s world record €220 million move from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain has been the highlight while Ousmane Dembele’s move to the Camp Nou has made headlines as well.
Meanwhile, the futures of Philippe Coutinho, Alexis Sanchez and Diego Costa are still up for discussion with the transfer deadline fast approaching.
However, there are a few players who appear available this summer that have been strangely overlooked.
Here, we look at five quality players clubs should be considering before the transfer window slams shut.
The Frenchman arrived at Chelsea in 2014 after successful spells at Queens Park Rangers and Newcastle United but has become a forgotten man at Stamford Bridge.
As the Blues are linked with Fernando Llorente to provide cover for Alvaro Morata, with Michy Batshuayi not yet deemed ready to assume responsibility, Remy has not even been part of the conversation.
The 30-year-old has had an unfortunate time with injuries but could still be prolific for a different team.
The striker has been linked with a move to Cagliari but even a return to Newcastle could be good for him with Rafa Benitez in the hunt for a new striker before the window closes.
Earlier in the summer Aubameyang looked to be on the cusp of a transfer to Paris Saint-Germain but it all went quiet very abruptly. He was later linked to a host of European clubs including Manchester City and Chelsea as he angled for a move away from Borussia Dortmund but nothing quite stuck.
Strangely, there hasn’t been much interest at all in the Bundesliga top goalscorer and he now seems set to stay put.
There are still a few whispers of a late move to City but it doesn’t look promising. A team like Liverpool on the other hand would benefit from signing him.
The 28-year-old would slot in perfectly with the counter-attacking style under Jurgen Klopp. Should Philippe Coutinho end up leaving for Barcelona, it opens up the option for Aubameyang to come in as their chief goal threat upfront and have Roberto Firmino drop into an attacking midfield role.
However, with Liverpool rushing to sign up Thomas Lemar from AS Monaco, surely there isn’t time for to make a move for the Dortmund man as well?
Once touted as a replacement for Gareth Bale, life at Tottenham didn’t start well for Lamela. However, he eventually proved his worth and became a regular in the first team.
The Argentine dropped down the pecking order last season though, making just 12 appearances in all competitions with Heung-Min Son arriving on the scene from the Bundesliga.
There’s no doubting Lamela’s quality though and while he may not be on the radar of a top European outfit at the moment, the 25-year-old could still be a handy recruit for a mid-table Premier League side.
A return to Serie A could also be an option.
The French centre-back has been shunned at Liverpool ever since he fell out with Jurgen Klopp last summer. After a loan spell at Crystal Palace last season, he’s available for a move again.
Sakho was PSG’s youngest captain before he moved to Anfield and could yet prove to be a great signing for several clubs in the market. West Brom have been linked with the 27-year-old and Palace have recently had a bid rejected but there are other clubs who could benefit from recruiting him.
Manchester City and Arsenal have been linked with West Brom’s Jonny Evans but with the Baggies having turning down bids from both sides, is it worth turning their attention to Sakho who is a couple of years younger?
The Turkish midfielder was linked to Arsenal earlier in the summer but those reports faded away as quickly as they surfaced.
The understanding is that Turan is not willing to compromise on his wages for a move to the Premier League.
The 30-year-old has been on the fringes of the Barcelona side since his arrival from Atletico Madrid. Despite his lack of playing time for the Catalans, he could prove to be a coup.
Arsenal in particular could benefit from the tenacity and energy he brings to the midfield, especially as they are in danger of losing key players.
After Aaron Ramsey and Granit Xhaka were overrun by Liverpool’s midfield, bolstering that department with an experienced head in Turan makes a lot of sense, particularly given his versatility as well.
Liverpool officials are flying to Monaco in a bid to wrap up the signing of Thomas Lemar, according to reports in Europe.
The Reds are confident of sealing a £74 million deal for the Frenchman before the transfer deadline on Thursday. Reports claim that striker Divock Origi could be part of the deal as well.
Monaco have already braced themselves for the 21-year-old’s departure by signing Keita Balde from Lazio on Tuesday night.
The signing would smash Liverpool’s club record fee, one that was set at £55 million by the Naby Keita signing this week.
Lemar was heavily linked with Arsenal all summer but Liverpool look set to swoop in and land the promising French attacker.
Another day in football, another wave of transfer rumours to keep up on. Take a look at the most recent names and gossip being floated around in the media.
Will any of the following deals happen?
According to Diario Gol, Arsenal are in pursuit of the Real Madrid winger who, despite being an important option under Zinedine Zidane, is low in the squad pecking order. With Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, and Marco Asensio among the players ahead of him, Vazquez’s route to the Madrid first-team is blocked, and Arsenal could offer a solution.
SPORT360 VERDICT: Zidane values squad depth, and last season having a quality ‘B’ team that could step in while some of the big stars were rested was crucial to Madrid’s league and European successes. Vazquez was an important part of that, and there’s no reason for Madrid to do things any differently this season.
The young Spaniard has not reached the status of James Rodriguez or Alvaro Morata of being too good to constantly be on the bench, so the club will not be under pressure to sell him. And if the desire is more first-team minutes, is an Arsenal side which has Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil, Alexandre Lacazette, Danny Welbeck, and Olivier Giroud in its ranks really the place to be?
A shock contender has emerged to land the wantaway Chelsea striker on loan for the first half of the season. The Sun is reporting that Atletico Madrid will sign Costa, then loan him to fellow La Liga side Las Palmas until January, when Atletico’s transfer ban is over.
SPORT360 VERDICT: Atletico have pulled off the exact same move once this summer – they signed Vitolo from Sevilla, then loaned him to Las Palmas – so it’s not inconceivable that they could do the same with Costa, even considering the fact that he’s a much more high-profile player than Vitolo.
Costa is desperate to join Atletico and the club, too, wants to secure the return of its former star striker, so whatever they can do to make that happen, they will.
Spurs’ move for the 19-year-old Estudiantes defender is nearly complete, says The Guardian. PSG were also said to be interested in Foyth, but it seems Spurs have gotten their man, for an £8million fee.
SPORT360 VERDICT: Foyth is a player Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino has been tracking all summer, and defensive depth is looking like a priority for the squad this season. Tottenham have already wrapped up a club-record move for Davinson Sanchez, and, after offloading Kevin Wimmer to Stoke, signing Foyth along with Sanchez would give them two central defenders to step in for, and challenge, the established pair of Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld.
With the latter reportedly in the midst of difficult contract negotiations with the club, there’s no doubt that Foyth, and Sanchez, have also been earmarked as potential replacements if and when the veterans are sold.